Tax is not theft, never has been and never will be
From the Murphmeister of course.
Entirely possible to take issue with that.
Willy the Conq\’s confiscation of all of the land of the Kingdom could be described as theft backed up by armed menace for example (as one has said on Twitter). Parliament certainly decided that Charles I\’s Ship Money was theft and went to war to prove the point. Soviet taxation of small business post NEP was over 100% of turnover in some cases: I think we might colloquially consider that to be theft.
I would regard Woy Jenkins\’ retrospective taxation of investment income at 130% as theft. If Vodafone had been forced to pay £6 billion in corporation tax that would have been theft: as the courts themselves agreed. If Barclays had had to pay tax on the near £6 billion they got from selling a subsidiary that would have been theft: for the law specifically and exactly stated that no tax was due. If Tina, Lady Green, were forced to pay £270 million income tax on dividends from Taveta that would be theft: for the law specifically states that no tax is due. The same with Boots taking interest paid as an operating expense of the company. Or Amazon selling into the UK from Luxembourg. Or Facebook/Google from Eire. Starbucks even.
To tax any of these more than the law states is currently due is the advocacy of theft.
But the one I would really run with is Charles I. We fought a vast and bloody uprising over exactly this point. There are indeed taxes which are theft. A theft which we should righteously rise up against and go slaughter the bastards.
What the Fuck does anyone think the Civil War was about?